|Publication number||US5051482 A|
|Application number||US 07/251,209|
|Publication date||Sep 24, 1991|
|Filing date||Nov 19, 1986|
|Priority date||Nov 19, 1986|
|Also published as||DE3674411D1, EP0290433A1, EP0290433B1, WO1988003811A1|
|Publication number||07251209, 251209, PCT/1986/669, PCT/EP/1986/000669, PCT/EP/1986/00669, PCT/EP/86/000669, PCT/EP/86/00669, PCT/EP1986/000669, PCT/EP1986/00669, PCT/EP1986000669, PCT/EP198600669, PCT/EP86/000669, PCT/EP86/00669, PCT/EP86000669, PCT/EP8600669, US 5051482 A, US 5051482A, US-A-5051482, US5051482 A, US5051482A|
|Original Assignee||Laboratorium Fur Experimentelle Chirurgie|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (4), Referenced by (94), Classifications (18), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates to a method of preparing a self-curing two-component powder liquid bone cement comprising a powder component consisting of particles containing a polymerization catalyst, and a liquid component containing a polymerizable monomer, prepolymer or mixtures thereof.
Various proposals have been made for mixing bone cement under vacuum, but mostly for avoiding inhalation of the toxic monomer vapours developing during preparation of bone cement. No utilizable cement mixture is obtained with all these known methods unless the powder and liquid components are not mechanically stirred and homogenized.
It is known, however, that such mechanical stirring, even under vacuum, produces air inclusions which weaken the finally hardened cement mass. Furthermore the accuracy of the powder liquid ratio cannot be guaranteed with the known methods of bone cement mixing since errors of the operator are always possible.
In the pending but not prepublished International Patent Application No. PCT/EP 85/00227 a method for mixing bone cement under vacuum according to the preamble of claim 1 of the present invention is described which uses normal polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) beads coated with benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as a polymerization catalyst. Whereas this method overcomes the most essential drawbacks of commercially available bone cements, namely poor mixing, high exotherm and creation of porosities, its disadvantage lies in the fact that the BPO deposited on the surface of the PMMA-beads is quickly washed away when the evacuated powder component is flooded with the liquid component (methylmethacrylate) producing an inhomogeneous gradiant in the BPO concentration and thereby an irregular polymerization process.
The invention as claimed is intended to remedy these drawbacks. It solves the problem of how to design a method for preparing a bone cement without manual or mechanical mixing exhibiting a regular course of polymerization and a homogeneous structure of the hardened cement with practically no porosities.
The advantages offered by the invention are mainly the ease of handling, the quick and reliable mixing, the prevention of high exotherm and of porosities and the significantly improved physical values of the bone cement obtained by the method according to the invention.
The various features of novelty which characterize the invention are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed to and forming part of this disclosure. For the better understanding of the invention, its operating advantages and specific objects attained by its use, reference should be had to the accompanying drawings and descriptive matter in which are illustrated and described preferred embodiments of the invention.
In the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a powder particle used in the method according to the invention;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a specially manufactured powder particle used in the method according to the invention;
FIG. 3 is a sectional view of the empty syringe used for carrying out the method according to the invention;
FIG. 4 is a sectional view of the filled syringe used for carrying out the method according to the invention;
FIG. 5 is a sectional view of the syringe according to FIG. 4 with the inserted adapter according to FIG. 7;
FIG. 6 is a sectional view of the syringe according to FIGS. 4 and 5 with the piston being advanced for extrusion of the cement mixture; and
FIG. 7 is a sectional view of the ampoule and the adapter used for introducing the liquid component.
The basic method according to this invention consist of flooding polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) beads confined in an inflexible, at least partially evacuated tubular chamber 4 of a syringe 11 with liquid methylmethacrylate, thereby obtaining a self-curing cement mixture withoutthe need of manual or mechanical mixing.
The chemical composition of the main components and of the usual additives (powder, liquid, polymerization catalyst, polymerization activator, radio-opaquer, stabilizer, antibiotics) used in the method according to the invention is similar to that known from commercially available bone cements, with the exception of the PMMA beads.
Said PMMA beads 1 as shown in FIG. 1 contain benzoylperoxide (BPO) particles 2 acting as the polymerization catalyst which are distributed inalmost uniformly throughout the PMMA beads 1, i.e. the BPO concentration within the surface layer 9 and in the interior 10 of said beads 1 is approximately the same. Although PMMA beads as shown in FIG. 1 are usable for the method according to the invention a similar "surface washing" effect, though less pronounced as commented in the prior art description above is observed. In order to achieve a more perfect homogeneity of the BPO throughout the flooded cement mixture the PMMA beads shown in FIG. 1 are subjected to a pretreatment which consists of washing them with water,thereby obtaining an almost complete removal of BPO from the surface layer 9 of said beads 1. The result of this pretreatment is shown in FIG. 2. Furthermore a very smooth surface of said PMMA beads 1 is obtained which contributes significantly to an enhanced flooding of said PMMA beads 1 by the liquid methylmethacrylate (MMA).
For a better understanding of the single steps involved in the preparation of the bone cement according to the invention the procedure is described in more detail reference being made to FIGS. 2 to 7.
The flooding of said PMMA beads 1 is effected by the action of the vacuum in the interspaces between the PMMA beads 1. To this effect an ampule 12 with the liquid MMA monomer 3 is opened and inserted into an adapter 13. The needle 14 of said adapter 13 is inserted into the bore 15 of the piston 16. The tip 17 of the needle 14 is seated into the seal 18 of said piston 16 and cuts the diaphragm 19 of said piston 16. Monomer 3 is suckedinto said chamber 4 by the action of the vacuum as shown by arrows 21 in FIG. 5.
As can be seen from FIG. 7 the vent tube 20 of said adapter 13 allows for pressure compensation in said ampule 12. Said vent tube 20 is connected toa reservoir 39 which prevents flowing out of any liquid monomer 3 through said vent tube 20.
The flooding front as represented by arrows 22 in FIG. 5 propagates throughthe powder column from the back region 5 to the front region 6.
After completion of the flooding process which takes approximately 30 seconds, said adapter 13 is removed and disposed. The syringe 11 is then inserted into a caulking gun (not shown in the drawings) and the pusher 23of the caulking gun is advanced as shown by arrow 24 in FIG. 6.
The cutting edge 26 of the cutting insert 25 of the piston 16 cuts across the annular section 27 of the piston 16. The front seal 28 of said piston 16 advances past the gap 29 in the barrel 30. The surplus liquid 8 escapesas shown by the arrow 31 in FIG. 6 into the trap 32 between the front seal 28 and the rear seal 33. The rear section 34 of said piston 16 remains fixed to the barrel 30 at the seal 37.
When the cement mixture 7 is ready for extrusion the cap 38 of said syringe11 is removed and said cement mixture 7 is extruded.
After passing the gap 29 said front seal 28 again seals against said barrel30 assuring full extrusion of said cement mixture 7.
In a preferred embodiment, the particles (1) or particles of any additive are of such a size and/or form that migration thereof through the interspaces is prevented.
In another preferred embodiment, the weight ratio of the powder/liquid is between about 3.6 and 2.4, preferably about 3.6 and 3.0.
Also, in an additional preferred embodiment, the evacuated interspaces between the powder particles comprise 25 to 35% of the total volume of thepowder, preferably between 26 and 30% of the total volume of the powder.
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|International Classification||A61L24/06, B01F13/00, A61L26/00, A61F2/46, A61L24/00|
|Cooperative Classification||B01F2215/0029, A61L24/06, B01F13/002, A61F2002/4685, A61L2430/02|
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